This past Christmas, a neighbourhood celebration in Uzbekistan was hosted by Tatyana Akhmadiyeva, a member of a local Baptist church.At the event, she offered Christian magazines to 15 of her neighbours.
Local authorities received a report about the distribution and summoned Tatyana for questioning. She was told that the publications had been imported illegally since they had not been evaluated by the ‘Struggle with Extremism and Terrorism Department’.
As a result, the officials confiscated the magazines, which they claimed were unlawfully distributed and fined Tatyana the equivalent of two weeks’ average wages.
Tatyana’s January trial lasted only 15 minutes and resulted in her conviction. On 12 February, the fine was upheld and the magazines were ordered to be destroyed. Tatyana intends to appeal the decision of the court.
Let us pray.
- Prayerfully uphold believers who, like Tatyana, are facing legal pressures or other forms of persecution in Uzbekistan, as they seek ways to share the Good News.
- Pray that a favourable decision will be made by court officials regarding Tatyana’s appeal.
- Pray for President Shavkat Mirziyoyev and all those in authority. Pray for revival in the country.